It’s the month of July. What used to be one of the hottest months of the year in Karachi is probably the coldest month of the year in Sydney. Even though it’s been more than a few weeks, the change still surprises me. Till I get used to it, here are monthly favourites July 2018.
1. Flatbread from Coles Supermarket
I have talked about this roti so much on my Instagram that it had to be part of my monthly favourites. It’s known as flatbread but for us Pakistani’s it tastes exactly like ghar ki chapatti, and it’s even gol. I toast this on a frying pan and it even puffs up like a normal roti and tastes delicious with sabzi, daal or salan. It’s only available at selected Coles locations though so just call them up and ask where it’s available. I usually buy 2 packets and they have lasted in the fridge for about 2 weeks. People also keep them in the freezer but I haven’t tried that yet.
2. Thai food from Khao Pla
Thai is one of my favourite cuisines to eat but difficult to make it home since it requires quite a few (and difficult to find in Pakistan) ingredients to have that right flavour profile. I hadn’t tried Thai in Sydney yet but I finally did this month at Khao Pla in Chatswood and it was just delicious. The tom yum soup and the stir-fried beef were my favourites. Check out the review on my Instagram.
Note: The restaurant isn’t halal certified but the chicken and beef is halal there as per their reply when I messaged them on Facebook.
3. Watching Masterchef Australia in well Australia
I am a huge fan of Masterchef Australia and it is a show that has taught me so much about ingredients, cooking techniques and the different recipes and flavours used in countries across the world. Seeing this season in Sydney on the exact time when it was telecast was such an amazing experience. Plus this time around I could try out the restaurants and visit the locales shown in the different episodes. I was able to visit Reynold’s dessert bar Koi and Zumbo by Adriano Zumbo. YUM!
4. The Dabeli from Chatkazz
Chatkazz in Harris Park is my favourite place in Sydney for Desi street food and I had already planned what to try when I would go there next and it was the dabeli. It was even more delicious than I expected. It’s a street food snack comprising of a spicy potato patty in a tawa toasted (best part!) mini-burger bun. It’s coated with peanuts, pomegranate seeds and sev, and served with a green chutney and a spicy and sour tamarind chutney! I wish I could go there to have it again now.
What were some of your favourites from this month? Do let me know in the comments below.